Outstanding Performer of the Year Award honoring Steve Carell

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is proud to present the 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Steve Carell on Friday, February 6, 2015. He will be honored with a Tribute celebrating his remarkable performance in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015.

Modern Master Award honoring Michael Keaton

Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre and is sponsored by Adobe.

The Attenborough Award Honoring the Cousteau Family

For the first time in 5 years, the SBIFF will present the Attenborough Award For Excellence in Nature Filmmaking to the Cousteau Family – Jean-Michel and his son and daughter Fabien and Celine — for their decades-long commitment to educating the public and discovering the mysteries of the ocean. The award will be presented on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre.

2015 Opening Night Film “Desert Dancer”

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.